in June, the personal security expert, backyard brawler, MMA fighter, and professional boxer Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson passed away tragically young at age 42, from congestive heart failure.
Kimbo Slice cut an extraordinary imposing figure. Wear his t-shirt around and you get looks. That is why at one point he was getting paid $50,000 per month to wear an MMA branded tee shirt.
However, as anyone who knew him personally will attest, Kevin Ferguson’s primary focus was on his family, who live in a gated community in Coral Springs, Florida. He sent his six children to private school, with the intention they go to college. His oldest son, Kevin Ferguson Jr., studied photography for two years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
However ‘Baby Slice’ has some new goals. The young man will make his professional mixed martial arts debut at Bellator 160 in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 26. He has been training full time in MMA for about two years, and made his amateur MMA debut in March, winning in just 83 seconds, after training for a couple of years.
“I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on,” Ferguson told ESPN. “I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do.”
“I trained [in MMA] a little bit in college, but not really. I was more focused on having fun and partying a little bit, getting that out of my system early. I trained a little bit, like once a week.”
Two months ago, Ferguson moved to Long Beach, California, to train under veteran MMA fighter Antonio McKee.
“Antonio just changed the game for me,” said Ferguson. “He understood what I needed, and he understands the science behind it all.”
The son talked about the death of his famous father.
“I won’t say I adjusted well or it didn’t bother me,” said Ferguson. “But I was talking to him a few days before, so I understood what was going on.”
“It was more of a shock to the world, put it like that. It was still a very big tragedy, but I got through it. I’m still getting through it. I won’t say I’m over it, but I’m working on it, I guess.”